Famous People Born In 1953

Discover the most famous people born in 1953. The list includes people like Jeb Bush, Pierce Brosnan, David Berkowitz, Xi Jinping, Tony Blair and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, journalists and guitarists born in 1953. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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Tim Allen
(Actor & Comedian Known for His Roles in the Sitcom 'Home Improvement' and 'Last Man Standing')
Tim Allen
81
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

Tim Allen is an actor who has had a major impact on the lives of many children because of his work on The Santa Clause and the Toy Story franchises, for which he was named a Disney Legend in 1999. He is also a respected comedian who deals with subjects, such as social awkwardness, politics, gender differences, and everyday life.

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Pierce Brosnan
(Best Known for His Role of the Secret Agent 'James Bond' in the 'Bond' Film Series)
Pierce Brosnan
55
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland

Irish-American actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan is best known for playing secret agent James Bond in the Bond film series. As a young man, he trained at the Drama Centre London and made his acting debut soon after. First gaining fame as a TV actor, he didn’t take long to enter films as well.

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Hulk Hogan
(The Most Recognized and Popular Wrestler of the 1980s)
Hulk Hogan
64
Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States

Former American professional wrestler Hulk Hogan had a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He has also acted in several movies. However, he has been accused of being a racist and a homophobic and a leaked sex tape involving him created quite a stir.

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Mary Steenburgen
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Films: ‘Goin' South’, ‘Melvin and Howard’ and ‘Ragtime’)
Mary Steenburgen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States

Mary Steenburgen is an American actress and musician. Also an active humanitarian, Steenburgen has been involved with several groups that work towards the welfare of people and the environment. In 2005, she inspired students at the Clinton School of Public Service with her lecture on students' role in public service.

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Kim Basinger
(Actress and Model Known for Her Films: ‘Never Say Never Again’, ‘The Natural’ and 'L.A. Confidential’)
Kim Basinger
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, United States

A shy schoolgirl, Kim Basinger grew up to become a successful model, actress and singer. After appearing in numerous advertisements, Kim began acting on television. Her breakthrough role came with movie Never Say Never Again where she played the Bond girl. Later, she won accolades for her performance in movies like The Natural, Batman, L.A. Confidential and Fifty Shades Darker.

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Cyndi Lauper
(Singer-Songwriter who Ruled the Billboard Hot 100 with Tracks Like ‘She Bop’ and ‘True Colors’)
Cyndi Lauper
61
Birthdate: 22nd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

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Rick Moranis
(Actor & Comedian)
Rick Moranis
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Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Rick Moranis is one of the most popular Canadian artists to make it big in the American film industry. Best known for playing father characters in children's films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rick proved to be a great father off-screen as he took a long break from his career to take care of his children, after the death of his wife.

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Danny Elfman
(Singer-Songwriter for the New Wave Band 'Oingo Boingo')
Danny Elfman
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Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Danny Elfman is best known for his association with the new wave band Oingo Boingo. He has written over 100 feature film scores and has composed music for numerous TV shows and stage productions. He is the recipient of two Emmy Awards and one Grammy and has been nominated for the Academy Award.

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Tony Shalhoub
(best known for playing Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk)
Tony Shalhoub
21
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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Alfred Molina
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Otto Octavius’ in the Film ‘Spider-Man 2’)
Alfred Molina
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

Alfred Molina is an English-American actor. Renowned for his contribution across all three major acting mediums, Molina has received nominations for prestigious awards, such as Tony Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Apart from acting, Alfred Molina works toward spreading awareness about AIDS. He has also been donating towards AIDS research.

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John Malkovich
(Known for His Performances in 'Dangerous Liaisons' & 'Being John Malkovich')
John Malkovich
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Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States

John Malkovich is one of those rare actors who despite being highly regarded for his talent has been conspicuously missing from the headlines. From Hercule Poirot to Catholic Pope, Malkovich has portrayed each of his characters with zest and intensity that have earned him two Oscar nominations and a myriad of other prestigious awards.

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Chaka Khan
(Singer)
Chaka Khan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.
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Pat Benatar
(Rock Singer and Songwriter Known for Her Songs ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’)
Pat Benatar
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Listed In: Rock Singers
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenpoint, New York, United States

Four-time Grammy-winning rock artist Pat Benatar left her job as a teller to step into the music industry and is best known for her chartbusting tracks Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Fire and Ice, and Love Is a Battlefield. She has platinum albums in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)
Paul Allen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

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Michael Bolton
(Member of the Rock Band 'Blackjack' Who Became Known for His Series of 'Pop Rock Ballads')
Michael Bolton
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

Michael Bolton is an American singer-songwriter who has sold over 75 million records so far. Apart from recording several top 10 albums on the Billboard charts, Bolton also has several prestigious awards under his belt, such as Grammy Awards. Also known for his charity work, Bolton set up the Michael Bolton Foundation in order to aid children and women.

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Bill Pullman
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hornell, New York, USA

Bill Pullman was persuaded by his students to try his hand at acting while working as an adjunct professor at the School of Film and Photography of the Montana State University. He then started working with theater companies and eventually became a film actor. He is also a creative writer and serves on the Alfred University's Board of Trustees.

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Malcolm Young
(Musician)
Malcolm Young
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

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Peter Stormare
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
Actor, musician, and theater director Peter Stormare is best known as John Abruzzi from Prison Break. He has also appeared in films such as Minority Report, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Fargo. He is also a skilled voice actor who has appeared in video games such as Destiny.
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Ahmad Shah Massoud
(Afghan Political Leader and Guerilla Commander Who Served as Minister of Defense of Afghanistan from 1992 to 2001)
Ahmad Shah Massoud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 2nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bazarak, Afghanistan
Died: September 9, 2001

Ahmad Shah Massoud was an Afghan military commander and politician. From 1979 to 1989, he played an important role in the Soviet-Afghan War, where he served as a powerful guerrilla commander. He was nicknamed Lion of Panjshir for his role in the war. Massoud was assassinated by Al-Qaeda in 2001. His death anniversary is observed as a national holiday in Afghanistan.

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Kathie Lee Gifford
(TV Host Known for Her Talk Show 'Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee')
Kathie Lee Gifford
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Birthdate: 16th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

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Amy Irving
(Actress and Singer)
Amy Irving
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

Amy Irving is an American actress known for her contribution across all three major acting mediums. The daughter of Priscilla Pointer and Jules Irving, Amy Irving followed in the footsteps of her parents to establish herself in the American entertainment industry. Over the years, she has played an important role in the success of several TV series and films.

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Michael Portillo
(Journalist, Political Leader)
Michael Portillo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertfordshire
Former Conservative MP from Enfield Southgate, and Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo, later hosted the BBC documentaries Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. A Thatcherite and an EU-sceptic, he gave rise to the term "Portillo moment" when he lost the Conservative Enfield Southgate seat in 1997.
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Ken Burns
(Documentary Filmmaker)
Ken Burns
5
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S

Ken Burns is an American filmmaker best known for making documentary series, such as The Civil War, The War, and Prohibition. One of the most respected documentary filmmakers, Burns specializes in giving life to still photographs by zooming in on photographs and panning from one photograph to another; this technique is called the Ken Burns effect in Apple's software applications.

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Brigitte Macron
(Former Educator and Wife of Emmanuel Macron, President of France)
Brigitte Macron
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amiens, France

Wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Brigitte Macron was, interestingly, her husband’s literature and theater teacher at Lycée la Providence. She was the chief strategist during Macron’s 2016-2017 election. Twenty-four years Macron’s senior, Brigitte, was to be the official “First Lady” of France, until a signature campaign thwarted such plans. 

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Geddy Lee
(Lead Vocalist, Bassist and Keyboardist for the Canadian Rock Group 'Rush')
Geddy Lee
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada
Canadian singer Geddy Lee soared to fame as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist of the rock band Rush. He and his bandmates of Rush were the first to win the Officer of the Order of Canada as a group. He also released a solo album, My Favourite Headache.
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Louie Anderson
(Comedian)
Louie Anderson
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Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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James Remar
(American Film and Television Actor)
James Remar
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

James Remar is an American actor best known for playing Harry Morgan in the popular crime drama mystery TV series Dexter, for which he received nominations at the Saturn Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2012, his contribution to the American entertainment industry was honored with the Saturn Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Tito Jackson
(Guitarist)
Tito Jackson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Tito Jackson is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is one of the members of the famed Jackson family, which has produced popular musicians, including Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. An original member of the popular pop band, The Jackson 5, Tito Jackson reached the peak of his success in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Kay Lenz
(Actress)
Kay Lenz
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Patti Scialfa
(Rock Singer-Songwriter & Member of the Rock Band 'E Street Band')
Patti Scialfa
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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James Horner
(Composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores)
James Horner
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Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 22, 2015
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Kate Capshaw
(Painter & Retired Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’)
Kate Capshaw
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Kate Capshaw, best known as Willie Scott from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, has also starred in projects such as Dreamscape, Black Rain, and The Love Letter. She converted to Judaism before her marriage to director Steven Spielberg. She made major contributions to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.
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Andrés Manuel López Obrador
(65th President of Mexico)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 13th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tepetitán, Tabasco, Mexico
Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been serving as Mexico’s 58th president since December 2018. He led the Party of the Democratic Revolution from 1996 to 1999 and was elected Head of Government of Mexico City. He established the National Regeneration Movement in 2014 and led it till 2017.
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William Petersen
(Actor and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Gil Grissom’ in the Drama Series ‘Crime Scene Investigation’)
William Petersen
5
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
William Petersen is best known for his SAG Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated role of Gil Grissom in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and also earned three Emmy nominations for producing the show. He has also appeared in the film To Live and Die in L.A. and is an avid stage actor.
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Xi Jinping
(General Secretary of the Communist Party of China)
Xi Jinping
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Listed In: Presidents
Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Xi Jinping, President of China since 2013, is said to be the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong. He is an authoritarian leader and his reign is marked by an increase in censorship and deterioration in human rights . Also, China’s foreign policy under Xi has been more assertive, leading to a deterioration of relations with many countries.

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Charlie Wilson
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Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trinity, Texas, United States

Charlie Wilson is an American singer, record producer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct R&B and funk band, The Gap Band, for which he also served as the lead vocalist. As a solo artist, he has received several awards, including a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Wilson is also an ardent supporter of American servicemen and women.

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Alex van Halen
(The Drummer and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Van Halen')
Alex van Halen
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

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Lin Feng-Jiao
(Taiwanese Former Actress and Wife of Actor Jackie Chan)
Lin Feng-Jiao
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan

Former Taiwanese actor Joan Lin Feng-jiao is best known as the wife of Hong Kong martial artist Jackie Chan. She had to drop out of school at age 12 due to her family’s poor financial condition. She won a Golden Horse Award for The Story of a Small Town.

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Alan Moore
(Writer)
Alan Moore
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Listed In: Cartoonists
Birthdate: 18th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northampton, England

Alan Moore is an English writer best known for his contributions to popular comic books, such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Watchmen, and The Ballad of Halo Jones. Some consider him to be the best comic book writer in the English language. His works have influenced several literary and television figures, such as Damon Lindelof, Joss Whedon, and Neil Gaiman.

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Gil Birmingham
(Actor)
Gil Birmingham
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA
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Lynn Whitfield
(Actress)
Lynn Whitfield
12
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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Dennis Miller
(Talk Show Host)
Dennis Miller
12
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Colm Meaney
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Miles O'Brien’ in the TV Series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’)
Colm Meaney
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Colm Meaney is an actor known for portraying Miles O'Brien in TV series, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Also known for his significant film career, Meaney received the Best Actor IFTA for playing Martin McGuinness in The Journey. Meaney was named in The Irish Times' Ireland's greatest film actors list in 2020.

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Curtis Armstrong
(Actor)
Curtis Armstrong
6
Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Moon Jae-in
(Former President of South Korea)
Moon Jae-in
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geoje, South Korea

Moon Jae-in is a South Korean politician and the current president of South Korea. Although he was raised in poverty, Moon worked hard during his early years and went on to become a prominent politician. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.

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Debralee Scott
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5, 2005
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Meredith Vieira
(Journalist, Television presenter, Writer)
Meredith Vieira
4
Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Providence
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Benazir Bhutto
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Benazir Bhutto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 21st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

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Isabelle Huppert
(French Actress Best Known for Playing Cold and Disdainful Characters)
Isabelle Huppert
11
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Isabelle Huppert is a French actress best known for playing cold and disdainful characters. Regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation, Huppert has won several prestigious awards, such as a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and César Awards. In 2020, Isabelle Huppert was ranked second on The New York Times' greatest actors of the 21st century list.

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Robert Parish
(Basketball Player)
Robert Parish
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Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States